Samoa appoints Solomon Smith to lead Rugby League Samoa Canterbury (CHCH)

  • December 10, 2022

Press release 10 Dec 2022

New Zealand – Apia, Samoa

Rugby League Samoa Inc (TOA SAMOA) today announced Solomon Smith a previous executive of RLS South Island board, has been appointed as the new organisation lead for RLS Canterbury (CHCH). Effective 12 December, Smith succeeds Iosua Tauti, who recently step down as interim RLS South Island Chairman.

“I feel very privileged to take on this role at such an exciting time for Samoa — the needs of players, families, staff, and other stakeholders are changing rapidly. Rugby League Samoa is dealing with these changes and ensuring better pathways and partnerships in conjunction with Ben Pulemau to help next generation represent SAMOA which will benefit everyone for years to come,” said Smith.

Smith who hails from the villages of Aleisa and Solosolo worked at Christchurch City Council for more than 12 years, continues to serve as an advisor to various South Island projects and his new role as senior advisor with Statistics New Zealand.

“Solomon’s history of leadership, coupled with his experience advising diverse communities makes him an ideal person for this role. I look forward to working closely with Solomon to ensure Rugby League Samoa Inc makes a positive impact for all involved, including RLS partners, our people, and nation,” said Paepaetele Geoff Muliaga Brown.

This leadership appointment is part of a rigorous process to link all Samoans to the worldwide network. Off the back of 2022 RLWC tournament we envisage further opportunities in Rugby League for all our Samoan chapters and all age groups.